Edifier has been surprising me with its number of wireless earbuds lately, but a lot doesn’t always mean better. Today I have a review on my earbud called Edifier TWS NB with active noise cancellation.
Will the headphones be comfortable to wear and what sound quality to expect from budget earbuds with ANC function? You will find out in the detailed test below.
For many users, choosing a wireless headphone is the price. Surprisingly, the Edifier TWS NB earbuds have an attractive price of up to $120.
In addition to the presence of active noise cancellation, the earbuds have a Qualcomm chip, Bluetooth with version 5.0 and support for aptX. Special functions, for example, LDS antenna and good battery life up to 11 hours – highlight the earbuds on the positive side.
But let me try to find the disadvantages, and not just highlight the main features of the new wireless headphones. I want to start with the configuration and appearance.
Edifier TWS NB: Specifications
|Edifier TWS NB:||Specs|
|Driver unit:||13mm graphite driver|
|Bluetooth protocol:||aptX, SBC|
|Charging Time:||120 min|
Edifier TWS NB: Unboxing
A small white box, where earbuds are painted on the front part, the name of the company and model is written, came to me for a test. The reverse side of the box has basic technical specifications in various languages.
Inside the box, I was met by well-packed earbuds and a charging case in separate seats. In a separate compartment were three pairs of ear tips with different sizes and three pairs of silicone ear wings. In addition, I found a charging cable with a Type-C connector and an instruction manual.
Without any doubt, I was not surprised by the configuration and quality of all components. Since this is not my first acquaintance with Edifier, and almost all devices have a premium box with accessories.
Edifier TWS NB: Design
When I choose earbuds, the first thing I pay attention to is wearing comfort. I cannot call Edifier TWS NB convenient. Since the earbuds received a very long landing and the sound channel is not small at all.
The same goes for weight, for example, two headphones weigh 17 grams and in the ear canal, whatever one may say, you will feel them.
I’m not talking about wearing Edifier TWS NB in the winter under a hat. Of course, the earbuds stick out strongly from the ears and they look awkward. I looked like a robot with antennas from my ears.
Of course, if you use earbuds during training or for a short period of time, you will not have difficulty wearing. Yes, yes, Edifier TWS NB is well suited for sports, despite its size and length. And all thanks to the presence of additional ear wings. They help to distribute the load on the ear canal and wearing becomes more comfortable.
The front part of the earbuds has an LED operation indicator, a main microphone and the Edifier logo. An additional noise cancellation microphone is located on the inside bottom.
No touch controls – just a mechanical button. It is located on the upper edge of the hull. In fact, this is a convenient solution, since there will not be any pressure on your ears when you press the button.
Contact connectors are installed on the inside, where there is also a headphone channel logo.
The sound guide has a place for ear wings and ear tips. Also on its base there is a protective mesh that protects against dust and dirt.
The protection against sweat and splashes IPX4 did not pass by the Edifier TWS NB, but you can’t swim in the pool or take a shower in them.
The charging case is made entirely of metal. It is strong to the touch and perfectly assembled. On the lid on top you can see the company name – Edifier. The lid itself opens without any play and is very easy.
Inside the case there are seats for earbuds. It is worth noting that the mount is not magnetic and keep the earbuds due to the latch. Despite this factor, getting headphones is convenient and easy, even with one hand.
On the back of the charging box there is a Type-C port for charging and four charge level LEDs.
Although the case is sturdy and reliable, the size is rather bulky. For example, putting it in your jeans pocket will not be very comfortable for you. Yes, and even the weight of the case without earbuds will be 63 grams.
The build quality and materials are at a very high level, but the design is cumbersome. Therefore, earbuds are not suitable for every user.
Edifier TWS NB: Connection and Control
The new Edifier TWS NB earbuds received a Bluetooth wireless connection with version 5.0. In addition, they have a Qualcomm chip and aptX codec. In practice, the communication quality is stable and there was no signal loss.
Connecting via a smartphone is standard and simple, I did not have problems. A bonus from Edifier will be an additional application called Edifier Connect.
In this application, you can configure the notification indicator, see the state of the charge level, activate active noise cancellation and surrounding sounds. The application itself is simple and you should not expect great functionality from it.
One click on the button on top of the body will produce – play/pause, and also accept/put the handset. If you hold 1.5 seconds, the next or previous track, depending on the earbud channel. Double tap activates active noise cancellation. But you can’t call a voice assistant, as well as adjust the volume level.
Edifier TWS NB: Sound
Each earpiece from the Edifier TWS NB was equipped with a 13 mm graphite driver. For true wireless earbuds, this is really a big size.
The sound quality is very voluminous and has a pronounced character of sound in the entire frequency range. For example, low frequencies have pleasant dynamics with surround bass. Especially if the ANC is activated. Using the ANC option, the sound quality becomes even more voluminous, warm and massive. Although when ANC is activated, the sound loses detail.
The mid and high frequencies are not cut and have the correct sound structure.
Therefore, if you want to enjoy your favorite music, but there is noise and din around you, then ANC active noise cancellation will help you with this. The option works 100% perfectly and the music is heard in the foreground, and all the noise from the road and the traffic of the cars disappears.
The microphone quality is average, but I can’t say that everything is so bad. The interlocutor will hear you well and clearly, but there will be an echo effect, as if on a speakerphone.
Edifier TWS NB: Battery
Autonomy during the test at maximum volume was approximately 10.5 hours with the ANC turned off. If the ANC function is activated, the battery life drops to 8 hours. A charging case will provide additional time up to 33 hours.
I did not find any information about the battery capacity, both in the earbuds and in the box. But I can guess about 70 mAh and 700mAh, respectively.
The full charging time through the Type-C port will be about 1.5 hours.
Edifier TWS NB: Conclusion and Reviews
Testing the Edifier TWS NB earbuds I got a positive impression, but the negative sides were not spared.
On the downside, I can attribute this to the large size of the case and earbuds, if you compare the sound quality with top-end headphones from Sony or 1More, the sound is not as detailed. Also, controlling a mechanical button is not the most functional, for example, there is no volume control and calling a voice assistant.
On the plus side, the Edifier TWS NB earbuds have a well-functioning active ANC noise cancelling with the lowest price tag on the market. The battery life at a very high level and the wearing comfort for a short period of time are satisfactory.
Edifier TWS NB: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now you can buy and buy Edifier TWS NB wireless earbuds with ANC for just $119.20 with a 20% discount.
If we consider other competitors, then the price of the Edifier model is the lowest, and the technical characteristics are decent.